10 Common Dreams And Why We Have Them

07/13/2011 01:30 am ET | Updated Sep 12, 2011

The average human experiences a handful of dreams while they sleep each night -- the exact number ranges depending on the source. All of these thoughts and dreams run through our heads while we snooze. But what exactly do they mean, if anything? Could they possibly shed some light on what we're experiencing during our waking lives, either consciously or subconsciously?

The following slideshow goes through 10 of the most commonly-reported dreams and some of the possible meanings behind them, according to experts. Please note that, while certainly interesting, dream analysis is a highly-subjective field of study.

Original reporting for this piece conducted by Holly Quinn, Wendy Gould and Tracie Handley.

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